Lorraine (Plante) Roche, 93, of Windsor, wife of the late Arthur Spring Roche, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Avon.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 15, 1928, daughter of the late George and Alma (Pollier) Plante, she was raised in Worcester and was a graduate of North High School in 1946. After high school, Lorraine attended Worcester State Teachers College and then Springfield College where she graduated in 1954 with a degree in recreation and youth leadership. Lorraine taught swimming and was a camp counselor at the Girls Club in Worcester, where she met her husband, Arthur. They were married on Aug. 24, 1957. After marriage, Lorraine and Arthur moved to Danielson where he began his career, and they began their family. In 1961, they moved to Windsor where they remained throughout their lives. Both she and her husband were proud homeowners who spent many hours and years caring for their home and yard. She loved the outdoors, camping, and walking daily for exercise. She had a beautiful smile, which will always be remembered. Lorraine was an avid gardener who raised her children on love, dedication and some of the best organic vegetables imaginable. When she wasn't gardening, you could often hear the sound of her accomplished piano music coming from the house. Lorraine loved her piano and music and taught piano lessons for most of her life. She also participated in musical events in her community for many years, playing for weddings, dance studios, and recitals. She played the organ for weddings and was a member of the church choir at St. Joseph Church in Poquonock. This was one of her greatest joys, something that brought her friendship, solace, and deepened her strength and faith in God. As much as Lorraine loved her children, she loved her grandchildren the same and more. With the arrival of their first grandson Rob and each successive grandson, Jack, Hayden, Connor, Evan, and Jordan, her heart grew endlessly to welcome each one. She and her husband loved attending their sporting events and other activities, taking them for lunches, watching them, and seeing them grow into wonderful young men.
Lorraine leaves three children, Lorrie Roche of Windsor, Lisa Linehan and her husband, Timothy of West Simsbury, and Stephen A. Roche and his wife, Pamela of Orleans, Massachusetts. She also leaves six grandsons that she was so very proud of and loved, Robert Linehan of Cardiff, California, Jack Linehan of New York City, New York, Hayden Roche of Charlotte, North Carolina, Connor Roche, presently serving at McGuire A.F.B, New Jersey, and Evan and Jordan Roche both of Windsor. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Spring Roche; and two siblings, Anita, a beloved sister lost too soon; and a brother Everett. She is survived by a sister Gloria Hollenbeck in Massachusetts.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church in the Poquonock section of Windsor. Burial will also be private in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester.
Carmon Windsor Funeral Home is in care of her arrangements.
The family would like to extend a true and special thanks to the entire staff at Avon Health Center in Avon for their care and compassion. It is because of this that we were able to experience many extended and happy times with her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lorraine's name to Avon Health Center, 652 W. Avon Rd., Avon CT 06001 or to the Alzheimer's Association
, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Ste. 4B, Southington, CT 06489.
To leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visitwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2021.